There is a certain poetic justice that on Red Sox opening day my family and I laid to rest our matriarchal Red Sox fan, my grandmother. She was a dire optimist in life and especially her Red Sox-Dom. It was in watching Sox games that I first heard her curse, and the only place she ever showed true exasperation. A patient, enthusiastic and optimistic soul she waited for and enjoyed Red Sox titles in her 75th and 79th years and while she derived amazing amounts of pleasure from 2 long awaited Sox Championships it never compared to the joy she received from seeing and being with her 9 children and 16 grandchildren and 6 great-grand children. Rest in peace Grammy, I wish I had better news about the 2012 Red Sox.
I’m late I understand that and apologize for it. Rest assured though I am on top of this Red Sox team more so than I have been since I was probably 12 years old. That being said it is a hard team to root for. Let’s go quickly through the lineup and I will quickly tell you why they are hard to root for each. I can’t fall in love with Ellsbury because he is a Scott Boras client and after the medical issues he will be out the door first chance he gets. Pedroia is the one definitive shining light, I love his game and not a whole lot could change that. A-Gon looks to be a keeper, but after just 1 season I can’t be sure of what A-Gon truly means to this team. I love jovial fun Papi, but we haven’t seen that Papi regularly in a long long time, all we seem to get is a pouty, called strike arguing Papi and I’ve had enough of that Papi these last few years. Youk is always hurt, and always looks mad about something. Crawford can’t be that bad again, can he? Ross had a great spring, but for his career he has been as streaky as Brian Daubach was. Salty should improve after playing more games last year than ever before, which helps to explain the September swoon. And Mike Aviles is your starting shortstop for the foreseeable future.
Lester and Beckett have to prove they aren’t drinking Bud Heavies and eating Popeyes.1 Bucholz has to prove he is healthy, Bard has to prove he can start and Doubront has to prove he is a major league pitcher. Bailey is out for a long time, Aceves is going to close, leaving Melancon to set up. Not exactly the master plan they drew up in the offseason.
Bobby V is the manager. Who hired him? What sort of say in roster moves does he have? So far it seems like very little. And with an already depleted pitching staff and reinforcements not due til June at the earliest can he keep it together for the Sox to make a serious second half run at one of the two wild cards? I don’t imagine so.
I hate to be all doom and gloom because this team could very well win 95 games. Their offense operating on all cylinders has the ability to score the most runs in baseball. Beckett and Lester for stretches of time have both been the “best” pitcher in the game. Bobby V has made it too a World Series and has won a championship in Japan and his knowledge of the game is unquestioned. So they have all the lions prepped to form Voltron, and Voltron is awesome, but Voltron is only as good as the Black Lion Headpiece operator, and our piece operator is Bobby V. After spring training I am fairly certain he is going to stick his lion head up Voltron’s ass, I’m just not sure when.
- sadly this story has become way overblown. [↩]